BASF Business Director, Diols & Derivatives NA - Florham Park, NJ in Florham Park, New Jersey

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At BASF, we create chemistry through the power of connected minds. By balancing economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, we are building a more sustainable future through chemistry. As the world’s leading chemical company, we help our customers in nearly every industry meet the current and future needs of society through science and innovation.

We provide a challenging and rewarding work environment and are always working to form the best team—especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development.

We are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Employers in 2016. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future!

Where the Chemistry Happens…

Business Director of the Diols & Derivatives business within the Intermediates Division is responsible for largest SBU within the business, a $500 M business which generates 40% of Intermediates sales in North America. The role includes direct leadership of a team of three product managers, one marketing manager, as well as one business development manager (indirectly) to ensure the successful execution of business unit strategies and innovation targets. The Business Director provides the business plan for the management of our "Verbund-based" BDO and derivative products produced in Geismar, LA such as acetylene, BDO and derivative production units going to export, internal divisions and 3rd Party customers in NA providing for our market leading position in our industry.

Formula for success. You will…..

  • Manage the business from a stringent financial perspective ensuring the it earns a premium on the cost of capital.

  • Provide leadership and direction of the Diols product management and marketing team including identification and development of new talent.

  • Coach, develop and manage talent development strategy for the business and contribute to the CI talent management effort.

  • Develop and implement regional specific strategies for Diols & Derivatives in NA.

  • Prepare, negotiating and agree regional key performance metrics including financial budgets.

  • Provide guidance and negotiation strategies for the sales force by sharing competitive knowledge to ensure strategic principles are being followed and margins are acceptable.

  • Understand both regional and global market structure’s economics, growth, trends, opportunities, value chain, customers and competitive environment.

  • Develop and implementing regional programs, projects, or initiatives to improve profitability, ensure product stewardship and compliance, as well as manage agency reporting relationships such as ICIS and ACC sub-teams.

  • Identify targets to expand product range or business (collaborations, acquisitions) and participate in assessment to determine fit.

  • Define and leads the management of relations with key business partners (Industry players, JV partners, suppliers, co-producers and customers).

  • Drive productivity initiatives for the value chain via production, supply chain and other cost areas.

  • Maximize value of by-products of production of the value chain by developing alternate use or higher value outlets with minimal associated capital or supply chain costs.

  • Work closely with the global and regional marketing teams as well as BDO and derivatives production units to prioritize key activities, productivity initiatives and areas of focus.

  • Build strong relationships with global key accounts that are based within the region.

  • Ensure that regional specificities and interests are well represented in the global SBU teams; including Sales and Operation Planning (S&OP), Global SBU business meetings, Global Strategy

Leadership Core Responsibilities:

  • Coach and develop team members to reach their full potential

  • Support development assignments and movement of talent across units

  • Motivate and challenge to drive high performance

  • Commit to "hiring the best" internally and externally

  • Create an inclusive environment which embraces and derives value from diversity

  • Execute performance and career development discussions

  • Role model and enable development of competencies in others needed to implement BASF's strategy

  • Establish and support a safety culture in which all accidents are preventable

Create Your Own Chemistry: What We Offer You…

Adding value to our customers begins with adding value to you. You@BASF is the suite of benefits, perks, programs and unique opportunities we offer to support you—the whole you—in all stages of your life and career. With you@BASF, you create your own chemistry.

The total rewards that you receive as a BASF employee go way beyond a paycheck. From competitive health and insurance plans, to robust retirement benefits that include company-matching contributions, to making sure you never stop learning, we believe investing in you is investing in our success. Working for a large, global organization, you’ll have a chance to grow professionally and personally, expand your network and build a rewarding and dynamic career.

Qualifications - BASF recognizes institutions of Higher Education which are accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or equivalent

Ingredients for success. What we look for in you….

  • Bachelor’s degree required; Degree in Chemical Engineering or Chemistry preferred

  • MBA preferred

  • Minimum 10 years of marketing, sales and/or product management experience in a strong industrial environment required

  • Experience directly managing others required

  • Strong business and financial acumen as well as analytical skills

  • Experience in negotiating and managing complex business contracts and multiyear agreements in an international environment

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategies to drive profitable growth

  • Proven leadership and teamwork qualities

  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and large projects simultaneously

  • Ability to work effectively in an international diverse team environment

  • Communication skills, including negotiating, presentations, influencing & relationship building

  • Ability to work and interact in a cross-cultural environment

  • Experience in managing large commodity products or value chains with a high degree of integration and complexity desirable

  • Strong leadership and people management competency and experience

  • Clear understanding of BASF systems and processes a plus

Leadership Expectations: As a leader at BASF, you will play a key role in creating value for the company through people. Our top candidate will be expected to enable greater personal success among our employees through quality people development, coaching, and performance management. Leaders at BASF are role models to help employees develop the competencies needed to implement BASF's strategy. Our expectation is that leaders will coach and develop team members to reach their full potential, and support relevant development assignments, opportunities and moves while motivating and challenging employees to drive high performance. Our leaders must be committed to "hiring the best" internally and externally at the same time they are creating an inclusive environment which embraces and derives value from diversity. Finally, a leader at BASF must establish and support our safety culture in which all accidents are preventable.

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Organization: N-CIN-Intermediates North America

Title: Business Director, Diols & Derivatives NA - Florham Park, NJ

Location: NJ-Florham Park

Requisition ID: 1700297